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Dr Anna Jamieson

  • Overview



    Anna Jamieson is an interdisciplinary art historian specialising in visual and material cultures of the eighteenth and nineteenth century.

    She received her BA at Leeds University and her MA at Birkbeck, University of London, where she also completed her PhD (2020). Her doctoral thesis focused on representations of female insanity in England between 1770-1833, exploring the relationship between stereotype, stigma and lived experience.

    She has held research fellowships at the Lewis Walpole Library (Yale University), the John Rylands Research Institute (University of Manchester), the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. In 2023, she will undertake the Ann Ball Bodley Fellowship in Women’s History Visiting Fellowship 2023-24 at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. In 2024, she will undertake fellowships at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, and the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington. 

    She is co-director of Birkbeck's Centre for Museum Cultures, an associate editor at The Polyphony and on the steering committee for Birkbeck's Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Mental Health. She is also an original member of Birkbeck's Age, Care, & the Caring Crisis Working Group.

    Anna is currently working on her first book titled The Gaze of the Sane: Asylum Tourism in England, 1770-1845. Her research interests include: women, asylums, private madhouses and patient agency; illness, fashion and consumerism; museum cultures, dark tourism and enfreakment; material culture and the history of emotions. 



    • PhD, Birkbeck, University of London, 2020
    • MA, Birkbeck, University of London, 2016
    • BA, University of Leeds, 2011

    Honours and awards

    • Birkbeck Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) Postdoctoral Researcher, Wellcome, November 2021
    • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, May 2023
    • Visiting Fellow, John Rylands Research Institute, University of Manchester, November 2021
    • Research Fellow, Northern Network for the Medical Humanities Research , November 2021
    • Fellow, Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University, November 2018
  • Research


    Research interests

    • Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century Art
    • History of Psychiatry
    • Visual and material cultures of mental illness and health
    • Museums
    • Women's History and Gender
    • Patient Agency
    • Dark Tourism and Freak Studies
    • Material Culture and the History of Emotions

    Research Centres and Institutes

  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    Teaching modules

    • Museum Cultures Work Placement (ARVC054S7)
    • Museum Cultures - Approaches, Issues, Skills (ARVC059S7)
    • Art History: A Survey (ARVC205S4)
    • Material and Process in Art (ARVC207S4)
    • Research Portfolio (ARVC221S5)